SSEA is hiring an Education and Volunteer Coordinator

Do you like being on the beach, interacting with people, and educating kids? SSEA is seeking an Education and Volunteer Coordinator to organize our Meet the Beach program. This person will also be the liaison for over 80 community volunteers who graciously donate their time to environmental education in the south Puget Sound. This position is part-time and pays $13/hr. Please click HERE for the job description and email sasha(at)sseacenter.org with your cover letter and resume.

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Join Us January 19 for the Discovery Speaker Series – Geology

Join us January 19th at 7 PM as Wendy Gerstel, from Qwg Applied Geology speaks about Geology at LOTT’s Wet Science Center.

The geology and glacial history of Puget Sound has left us a legacy of stunning scenery along with day-to-day land-management challenges.  Erosion and landsliding impact land use, transportation, recreation, and other activities. Faulting, glaciation, sea-level fluctuations, and volcanic eruptions are among the geologic processes that have resulted in deposition and erosion of geologic deposits – repeatedly through time and variably over the region. Surface- and groundwater, ever-present in our Pacific Northwest climate, enhance these processes. Using lidar images and photographs during the talk, we’ll look at examples of how stratigraphy, morphology, and hydrology interact, and discuss options for accepting and accommodating the consequences.

Bring a friend, and we hope to see you there!

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Turn of Tides

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South Sound Estuarium invites you to celebrate the Puget Sound at our annual “Turn of the Tides Festival” on Saturday, December 17th, from 11 AM- 3 PM. This free event will include fun activities for the whole family, as well as local artists, storytelling, a festive hot cocoa station, local author Nikki McClure, musical guest Pinniped, and more! Free admission to the Estuarium is included in the event, so bundle up and bring the whole family to Turn of the Tides this December for an exciting winter celebration!

The Estuarium is located at 309 State Ave NE in Olympia.

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Robert Steelquist – NW Coastal Explorer

nwcoastalexplorerWhen: November 30, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Estuarium, 309 State Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98501
What: The Estuarium and the Surfrider Capitol Chapter presents Robert Steelquist, author of the new book, “The Northwest Coastal Explorer.”

“When gardeners travel, we want to see … plants. But that doesn’t mean gardens, necessarily, as brought home by a new, photo-filled guidebook to our magnificent coastline from Northern California to British Columbia. Steelquist, a naturalist and environmental educator, arranged the book by habitat. From estuaries to coastal forests, he details the birds, animals, sea life and plants you’ll find within each. Learn how European beach grasses came to monopolize the Oregon dunes, and the challenges faced by that monarch of the coastal forests, western red cedar (Thuja plicata). Plenty of quality photos and the interweaving of habitat, plant life, and creatures make this book an inviting guide to our unique coastal ecosystem.”

Books ($24.95) and signing available

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SSEA Stories Writing Contest

screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-4-57-27-pmContest Rules:

  • All work must be wholly original.
  • Story must be themed around the Puget Sound.
  • Stories should be 2,500 words or less (about 1-4 pages).
  • Co-Authoring is not allowed.
  • Authors must choose one of the following writing prompts to inspire their story:
    • Adventure at Midnight
    • Message in a Bottle
    • A Ferocious Beast

How to submit a story:
E-mail: center@SSEAcenter.org (Subject Line: SSEA Stories Submission)

Mail or hand-delivery:
309 State Ave NE, Olympia WA 98501

Entries will be accepted November 1st – November 30th. Please include author’s name, age, email address, and phone number with your submission. Submissions with missing, illegible, or out of date contact information will not be considered.

Click HERE for more information, rules, and prizes.

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2016/2017 Discovery Speaker Series OPENS October 20th, 7 pm

Join us for the first of 6 events in this season’s Discovery Speaker Series.  Doors open at 6:30 pm. Speaker from 7 – 8:30 pm.  2016discoveryspeakerseriesweb

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